Founders and Staff



Roderick Hills
Roderick M. Hills, a partner of Hills Stern & Morley LLP, is the founder and Chairman of the Hills Program on Governance at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) that has established Centers for the Study of Governance at 6 international academic institutions in Asia, Mexico and Kenya.  He served as Counsel to President Ford and as Chairman of the Securities & Exchange Commission (1975-1977).  Mr. Hills, a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development (CED), served as its Co-Chairman (2005-2008). He is a founder, former Chairman and currently the Chairman Emeritus of the US-ASEAN Business Council.  He has been the Chairman of 3 corporations and served on the boards of 20 NYSE members. Mr. Hills has been a resident faculty member of the Schools of Law and Business of Harvard University and of the Yale School of Organization and Management. Following graduation from Stanford Law School he served as a law clerk to Justice Reed of the Supreme Court of the United States.


Carla HillsCarla A. Hills is co-founder of the Hills Program on Governance at CSIS. She is chairman and CEO of Hills & Company, International Consultants. Mrs. Hills served as U.S. trade representative from 1989 to 1993, where as a member of President George H.W. Bush's cabinet, she was the president's principal adviser on international trade policy. Earlier, Mrs. Hills served as Secretary of Housing and Urban development in the administration of President Gerald Ford (the third woman to hold a cabinet position). She also served as Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Mrs. Hills has served as a member on the board of directors for a number of NYSE companies. She is Chair of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations; Co-chair of the CSIS International Advisory Board; Co-chair of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Inter-American Dialogue. Before entering government, Mrs. Hills co-founded and was partner in Munger, Tolles & Hills. She also served as an adjunct professor at the University of California at Los Angeles Law School, teaching antitrust law.  She is the editor of Antitrust Adviser (McGraw-Hill, 1971). Born in Los Angeles, Mrs. Hills received her bachelor's degree from Stanford University, her law degree from Yale University, and has studied at Oxford University.


Jerry Hyman
Senior Adviser and President

Gerald HymanJerry Hyman serves as both a senior adviser at CSIS and also as president of its Hills Program on Governance. Dr. Hyman’s expert leadership facilitates the work of the Hills Program’s Academic Council and Advisory Board to develop and implement program ideas, as well as fundraising development for both the Hills Program at CSIS and the Hills Governance Centers globally. He serves on the Advisory Council to the Center for International Media Assistance of the National Endowment for Democracy. Dr. Hyman served with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1990 to 2006, and was director of the Office of Democracy and Governance from 2002 to 2007. After his graduation from the University of Virginia Law School in 1985, he practiced law in Washington, D.C., with the firm of Covington & Burling until joining USAID. Between 1970 and 1982, Dr. Hyman taught courses on anthropology, social theory, modernization, economic development, American Indians, and Southeast Asia in the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Dr. Hyman holds a B.A. in philosophy and Ph.D. degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. He is the author of numerous articles and publications.